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How to find a missing folder which was moved by accident in Outlook?

You may have accidentally moved a folder in Outlook, but it is not easy to find that folder and move it back to its original location. This article will introduce four methods to help you find a missing folder moved by accident in Outlook.

Find a missing folder which was moved by accident with the Folder Size option
Find a missing folder which was moved by accident with the Search and Browse feature
Find a missing folder which was moved by accident with VBA code
Easily find a missing folder which was moved by accident with an amazing tool


Find a missing folder which was moved by accident by Folder Size option

Supposing the name of the missing folder is “Internal”, you can find it with browsing all folder names in the Folder Size dialog box. Please do as follows.

1. Right click the email account in the Navigation Pane and then click Data File Properties from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Outlook Today dialog box and under the General tab, click the Folder Size button. In the opening Folder Size dialog box, find your missing folder in the folder box. See screenshot:

3. Go back to Outlook main interface, find the folder according to the above folder path, then manually drag the folder back to where it belongs.


Find a missing folder which was moved by accident by Search and Browse

If you remember the title of any emails in the missing folder, you can find the folder by searching the email title as below steps shown.

1. Click on the Search box, change the search scope to All Mailboxes, and then enter any words of the email title into the Search box. See screenshot:

2. Then the email is searched out and listed in the mail list, please double click to open it.

3. Press the Ctrl + Shift + F keys to open the Advanced Find dialog box (or you can just select the email and click Search > Search Tools > Advanced Find). In the dialog box, you can see the name of the folder where the selected email is located displayed in the In box, please click the Browse button.

4. In the Select Folder(s) dialog box, you will see where the missing folder is currently located. Remember the folder path and then click the OK button.

5. Go back to Outlook main interface, find the missing folder according to the above folder path, then manually drag the folder back to its original location.


Find a missing folder which was moved by accident by VBA code

If you remember the name of the missing folder, you can find it by its name directly.

1. Press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy below VBA code into the code window.

VBA code: find a missing folder with its name

Private g_Folder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
Private g_Find As String

Public Sub FindFolder()
Dim xFldName As String
Dim xFolders As Outlook.Folders
Dim xYesNo As Integer
On Error Resume Next
Set g_Folder = Nothing
g_Find = ""
xFldName = InputBox("Folder name:", "Kutools for Outlook")
If Trim(xFldName) = "" Then Exit Sub
g_Find = xFldName
g_Find = UCase(g_Find)
Set xFolders = Application.Session.Folders
LoopFolders xFolders
If Not g_Folder Is Nothing Then
    xYesNo = MsgBox("Activate folder: " & vbCrLf & g_Folder.FolderPath, vbQuestion Or vbYesNo, "Kutools for Outlook")
    If xYesNo = vbYes Then
        Set Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder = g_Folder
    End If
Else
    MsgBox "Not found", vbInformation, "Kutools for Outlook"
End If
End Sub

Private Sub LoopFolders(Folders As Outlook.Folders)
Dim xFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
Dim xFound As Boolean
On Error Resume Next
xFound = False
For Each xFolder In Folders
    If UCase(xFolder.Name) = g_Find Then xFound = True
    If xFound Then
        Set g_Folder = xFolder
        Exit For
    Else
        LoopFolders xFolder.Folders
        If Not g_Folder Is Nothing Then Exit For
    End If
Next
End Sub

3. Press the F5 key to run the code.

4. In the Kutools for Outlook dialog box, enter the name of the missing folder into the text box and then click the OK button.

5. Click the Yes button in the following dialog box.

6. Then the missing folder is opened immediately in the Navigation Pane, please manually drag the folder back to where it belongs.


Easily find a missing folder which was moved by accident with an amazing tool

Kutools for Outlook provides a handy feature – Go To folder to help you easily find and navigate to a certain Outlook folder. Please do as follows.

Click here to download Kutools for Outlook first.

1. After installing Kutools for Outlook, click Kutools Plus > Go To. See screenshot:

2. In the Go To dialog box, you need to configure as follows.

2.1) By default, all folder types are selected. If you want to search only the email folder, you need to deselect the other folder types and keep only the Message folder selected;
2.2) Type in the name of the folder you want to find;
2.3) The folder then will be searched and listed in the dialog box. You can:
-- View the path of that folder;
-- Or double click the folder to open it in Outlook.

Click to know more about this feature.

  If you want to have a free trial ( 30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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I'm trying to run macro but I get the following window box:

Compile error:

Invalid outside procedure
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Thanks a ton!
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Thanks, extremely helpful
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Thanks. The VBA code option worked perfectly for me, once I realised that I had to delete all the line numbers first.
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Thanks for this, very helpful
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Very helpful. I have accidentally moved one folder and I found it using "Folder Size option". Thank you
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Great! Found it using Folder Size option. Thank you
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Thank you! Found it through Search and Browse.
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VBA script works like a charm, thanks a lot :)
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Thanks a lot! Saved my day finding the folder location.
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Do I configure both POP or IMAP accounts in same outlook..?
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I used Find a missing folder which was moved by accident by VBA code, I found it in seconds. Thanks a lot, great tools for people that do not anything about IT, super simple, super fast. Great job with the instructions, very easy to follow, Thanks again!!!
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The second method worked like a dream! So helpful. Thank you.
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What a life save. The first method worked, THANK YOU. Screenshots and concise instructions
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Thank you for this - incredibly helpful
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Great Tool!

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my inbox has disappeared
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I ran the VBA code and I found the folder again, thanks so much!!!
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Thank you so much. I was looking for this option for almost 30 minutes.
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Amazing best directions I have ever searched! You are a genius!
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